In the first two books of the Demon Spring trilogy, we spend a lot of time in the human world. The presence of demons is mentioned, but the how and the why aren’t really detailed. In the final book, I really got a chance to go deeper into demon mythology and the true origins of Demons.
Mild spoilers for the first and second Demon Spring books
At the Beginning
The first six demons arrived in the Underworld about 3,000 B.C.. Most of them have somewhat of a fuzzy recollection about those first few years. The long and short of it is: God came to five examples of the worst sins of humans (lust, pride, envy, greed, anger). He plucked five* humans from five corners of the world to bear the sin and cast them into the Underworld. There, their evil corrupted the world and themselves, turning them into the magical creatures they are today.
*Lotan (the nox prince) tells Cam in the third book that his mother was the one God chose. However, when she found out she’d have to leave her hubs behind, she convinced** God to let him come too.
**Convinced = got so angry the heavens shook with fury
And that is actually the beginning and end of how those six demons became the millions today.
Bael, ever the prideful one, couldn’t stand that Xo and Mot had each other. So in a fit of rage, he created the first schism. The first chick he stumbled upon–Anya–would do as his bride. Sadly, Anya never actually measured up in power or in Bael’s perception. But that’s for another blog post.
For a long time, Bael kept a pretty tight leash on who got to go into the human realm. And by that, I mean he didn’t let anyone go except himself and Anya. Every Demon Spring, he and Anya would venture into the human realm and find a few hundred (un)willing participants. Then they’d drag them back to the Underworld and divvy them up amongst the belus (originals) who were on Bael’s good side.
Eventually, Mizuchi (the kappa belu) convinced Bael to let him into the human realm by himself. Bael, ever the magnanimous despot, created a schism in Mizuchi’s homeland (Japan). This was around 600 B.C.
The next to emerge was Freyja in present-day Germany. 200 B.C. She and Bael were fuck buddies before Anya came along. 400 A.D., the elokos finally came to the party, as Biloko defected away from the noxes.
Speaking of the noxes, Xo and Mot were super happy in their lands and had no issues staying that way. But Bael, being himself, couldn’t stand that they didn’t kiss his butt, so he drug a hundred humans into the noxlands and told Xo and Mot, “You take ’em, or I’ll kill ’em.” And that’s how Xo and Mot got their first group (include Oce).
We learn a lot more about the noxes in this final book, including meeting the really handsome, sexy, swoon-worthy nox prince, Lotan. And methinks he might find himself smitten with a certain know-it-all Division agent on the hunt for her partner…
Demon hunter Jack Grenard’s life changed three years ago when his wife was brutally murdered by the very demons he’d been hunting. At the urging of his partner Cam Macarro, he’s starting a new life in Atlanta, hoping he’ll find the man he used to be. But on a routine hunt, they come across a new type of demon–one that saves instead of kills.
Meanwhile, demons across Atlanta are preparing for the quadrennial uprising of their Underworld brethren. Worse yet, there’s a rumor the so-called king of the demons, Bael, will appear for the first time in over a century. Jack and Cam must uncover the truth about the mystery woman before all hell–literally–breaks loose.
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